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Asian Journal of Animal Sciences
  Year: 2021 | Volume: 15 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 1-9
DOI: 10.3923/ajas.2021.1.9
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Evaluation of Arachis hypogaea Husk Diet in the Growth and Performance of Poultry Birds

J.A. Ibude, C.C. Chukwuma and A.A. Uwakwe

Background and Objective: Poultry production is the fastest mean of remediating the problem of low animal protein intake in Nigeria owing to its short production cycle; however, this progress is undermined by the continuous rise in the cost of feed resulting in low performance of diverse poultry species. This study investigated the growth performance of poultry birds fed using different forms and proportions of Arachis hypogaea (Groundnut) husk incorporated with commercial feed. Materials and Methods: The roasted, raw and boiled groundnut seeds were first de-husked, air-dried for 3, 7 and 11 days, respectively, pulverized to a powder and thereafter, analyzed to determine the phytochemical, anti-nutrient and physicochemical composition. Subsequently, 81 four-week-old birds weighing between 300 and 750 g were randomly divided into nine groups of nine birds each and fed with commercial feed for one day to accustom to feed before feeding with the experimental diets for 21 days. The weights of the birds were taken on a weekly basis while those carcasses were taken after slaughter. Stool samples were collected aseptically through the intestines after evisceration for bacteriological analysis. Results: Findings reveal that boiled groundnut husk possessed the best proximate composition amongst the three forms of groundnut husks. While the roasted groundnut husk had the highest presence of phytochemicals, the boiled groundnut husk recorded the least presence of anti-nutrients. Birds fed with a mixture of the different forms of the groundnut husk those fed with a low concentration of raw groundnut husk with high commercial feed proved to be effective as regards to the weight gain of the birds, however, a mixture of high concentration of boiled groundnut husk with low commercial feed, also proved to be effective. Conclusion: Basically, the boiled groundnut husk proved to be the most effective form amongst the groundnut husks for the best growth performance.
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J.A. Ibude, C.C. Chukwuma and A.A. Uwakwe, 2021. Evaluation of Arachis hypogaea Husk Diet in the Growth and Performance of Poultry Birds. Asian Journal of Animal Sciences, 15: 1-9.

DOI: 10.3923/ajas.2021.1.9






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